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Gold Bar Rim 4x4 Trail, Moab, UT

Big ledges with great overlook at the end

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Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 8.2 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  Popular hard-core trail with great view at top. Often driven downhill in opposite direction described here as continuation of Golden... more »

Tips:  Be prepared to pay fee to park if you use the lot. Watch for lots of mountain bikers heading to Gemini Bridges. (Available as FunTreks... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking Lot at Start

Turn west into parking lot. Unlicensed vehicles can unload here; however, there is a fee to park. Continue west across railroad tracks, then turn south.

2. High Shelf Road

Road climbs high above Highway 191 with great views looking south. Watch for lots of mountain bikers.

3. Camping on Left

Road on left goes to Bride Arch and secluded camping.

4. Gooney Bird Rock

Pass distinctive Gooney Bird Rock on left.

5. T Intersection

Bear left here for Gold Bar Rim Trail. Right uphill goes to Gemini Bridges Trail and Bull Canyon, both available as FunTreks eGuides on EveryTrail.

6. Monticello Rock

Turn left at another "T" intersection. Rock formation ahead is called Monticello Rock.

7. Rusty Nail on Right

Extreme Jeep Trail called Rusty Nail goes right here. Stay left as Gold Bar Rim gets more difficult.

8. Giant Ledge

You'll drop down a giant ledge. Its more difficult driving in the other direction if you have to come up it.

9. Mushroom Rock

After skirting cliff edge above Gold Bar Canyon, you'll circle around distinctive Mushroom Rock.

10. End of Gold Bar Rim

Trail ends here at another big ledge. After this point you are on Golden Spike. Walk uphill a short distance to see outstanding overlook.